Senegalese Green Hibiscus
Hibiscus sabdariffa
Uses: Culinary Duration: Perennial
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Moderate
(Bissap) A beautiful but hard-to-find variety of West African bissap. The sepals at the base of the flower petals are used to make a refreshing drink. The sepals come in bright green as well as the usual bright red and dark red shades typical of other varieties. The sepals that surround the flower petals are referred to as a "calyx" and it is these calyxes that are picked, dried and then steeped in water to make the tasty drinks so popular in the streets of West Africa. Though a tropical plant, it grows well in temperate climates; but as a late season bloomer it is best to grow it large pots that can be moved indoors when nights get cool. After the flower petals fall the calyxes are picked when they are large and developed. A tall but short lived perennial that can be restarted easily from hardened stem cuttings.
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